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Kigali Launches Bicycle Ride-Sharing As City Explores Green Transport

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The City of Kigali in partnership with GURARIDE Rwanda has embarked on a campaign to promote non-motorized transport as one of the resource efficient travel modes that is environmentally friendly, improves health of citizens, and is safe for users.

As part of this partnership, Gura Universal Link GURARIDE Rwanda is now installing modern green mobility ridesharing docking stations across two networks (City Center and Gisimenti- Kimironko corridors). Each station has provision for at least five bikes.

The bikes will be used free of charge for the first three months with fair ride costs to be introduced subsequently. This will be the first phase of the bikeshare rollout, and the network will be expanded to other parts of the city as feasible.

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Kenya’s Snake-Eagle Fight Ends Bitterly

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In Kenya, a fight involving a snake and an eagle has ended bitterly with a government employee injured and fighting for his dear life.

According to a local publication The citizen, a struggle involving an eagle and a snake that eventually landed on the car of a Kitui County government employee minding his own business has left many tongues wagging.

David Musyoka, a driver attached to the county government said that he was driving towards Mwingi town when a snake freed itself from the talons of an eagle and dropped on top of his car.

According to Musyoka, before he could do anything, the snake found its way inside the car and bit his left arm.

He immediately stopped the car and jumped out with the snake still hanging onto his arm and called for help.

Nearby residents of Kwa Mbungu market rushed to his rescue and killed the snake then gave him first aid.

However, in a shocking turn of events, the residents said the eagle emerged out of nowhere again and picked the dead snake right back up and flew away with it.

The management of Mwingi Level IV Hospital, where Musyoka was admitted, has since said the snake bite has been fully treated and the patient is recuperating well.

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Goma Residents Evacuated Due to Impending Eruption

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The Military leadership currently in charge of DRC’s Kivu region has announced a compulsory evacuation of Goma residents because of an imminent volcanic eruption.

Lieutenant-General Constatin Ndima the Military Governor of North Kivu announced last night the “compulsory” evacuation of the inhabitants of several districts of Goma to Sake.

“The current seismicity data indicate the presence of magma under the urban area of ​​Goma with an extension under Lake Kivu. Given these scientific observations, we cannot currently exclude an eruption on land or under the lake, but it could occur with very little or even no precursor, ” Ndima said.

On March 6, President Felix Tshisekedi imposed rule by martial law in DRCs North Kivu and Ituri provinces aimed at stemming the bloodshed and returning order to the region that hosts at least 120 armed groups.

Just few weeks after imposing martial law rule, the region has also braced for natural catastrophe- volcanic eruption.

Tens of thousands of people have started to leave #Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to the risks associated with the eruption of Nyiragongo volcano last Saturday.

Lieutenant-General Ndima said on Thursday that evacuation is compulsory and those who do not comply will incur unnecessary risks.

He added that public security services will patrol to secure property and people. One can only return home on the recommendation of the provincial authorities.

The UN has also decided to evacuate most of its staff from Goma following recurrent earthquakes following the Nyiragongo volcanic eruption on Saturday May 22.

“We recommend and reiterate that it is very important to stay clear of the path of lava flows which represent a danger of death from asphyxiation or severe burns. Additional risks are associated with the interaction of lava and water. They are of many kinds. The interaction of magma with lake water, destabilization of the volume of gas under Lake Kivu and emission of potentially dangerous surface gases for populations exposed to the fumes, ”said the Governor Lieutenant-General Ndima.

The governor specifies that the residential areas in the path of deadly magma include districts: Majengo, Mabanga North, Mabanga South, Virunga , Mujovu, Murara, Kahembe, Miteno, Mapendo and the volcano district. These areas will be exposed according to the lava flow exit points which are not foreseeable for the moment.

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Rwanda Issues Report On Nyiragongo Eruption

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With reference to people witness, Nyiragongo started erupting at around 7pm and the sky above the volcano turned red.

This caused panic in people living in Goma areas who started to flee toward to Rwanda mainly in Bugeshi, Cyanzarwe and Rubavu sectors of Rubavu District, according to a report released on Monday by Rwanda Mines, Petrolium and Gas Board (RMB).

“During this eruption, the lava flowed through the volcano’s eastern flank toward Rwanda and later lava started flowing also through an open space on the southern flank toward Goma,” the report narrates.

It adds that this eruption was not possible to predict as prior to the eruption, no seismic earthquakes (swarms) or other seismic anomalies were recorded, seismic activities in range of magnitude 2.5 to 4 ML were only observed since the start of the eruption of the volcano and they grew in frequency an hour after eruption with epicenters located in Rubavu District, Cyanzarwe and Rubavu Sector.

The lava reached and stopped flowing at 1km away from Goma Airport which is 1km away from the border of Rwanda (Rubavu district).

In the report, RMB says on DRC side, people were displaced due to lava flow and around 8000 people fled to Rwanda and returned the following morning when the volcanic eruption calmed.

The lava started to flow in direction to Rwanda and fortunately stopped. The risk remains on both Rwanda and DRC sides. Follow-up is being made to find out further risk.

However, people around the volcano may be mindful of gases of volcanic origin (like H2S and acidic gases, CO2 etc.), fires, and continuous earthquakes. And of course, COVID-19 pandemic may have the risk to spread more.

Though the recent seismic activity is in range between ML2.6 and 4.0 which do normally cause significant damage, earthquakes of elevated magnitude may occur.

Most of the earthquakes epicenters recorded are located in Cyanzarwe and Rubavu sectors.

Authorities are considering extended verification of the behavior of the area.

During the past eruption, in 2002, fractures were created in Rubavu District and a revisit at the same location is recommended.

As felt earthquakes are occurring, people may be informed about what they should do during earthquakes in case a bigger earthquake occurs. One said that earthquake does not kill people but buildings do.

This means that people are saved by their self-protection during earthquakes and by the infrastructure designed to resist earthquakes.

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